I am an advocate for invisible illness- and a cheerleader for others to be comfortable in their own skin. I use humor and first person experience to encourage weight loss, proactive approaches to treatment for misunderstood diagnosis, and have a very frank approach to empowering one's self. I speak about mental illness, addiction, recovery, and how loved ones can help those suffering. My goal is to enlighten my audience, and have them leave feeling empowered!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
When I come to speak at your event, I intend to tailor my presentation to your demographic. I use humor and positivity to relay my message. I never want your audience to leave feeling as though there's no hope, or that there's nothing in their power to help in some way. I want my presentation to end having instilled a sense of solidarity or encouragement into the listener. I am well organized and linear in my talks- which make them easy to follow. I am also very professional in my presence and delivery- with a touch of humility and humorous honesty on the side.
When I sing at your event, expect a well practiced and versatile performance, with your wishes and style being the core of my singing. I have a large voice for a small person, and enjoy challenging myself vocally and culturally. My range is wide, my volume large, and emotions bared. I intend to portray the emotions desired from your chosen song with sincerity.
I am a Registered Nurse, and mother of two children. My husband and I have celebrated 14 crazy years together. I grew up on a farm, and currently live in a small town not too far from my family. I work at a long term care facility and LOVE what I do! I haven't always been the best sister, friend, wife, or mother. But as I grow and learn, I improve. I wish to pass this knowledge on to others who may be on the same path I was in the past. I struggled with addiction, and mental illness. I have a rare condition called Narcolepsy- which is invisible yet none the less impacts my day to day life. I now volunteer with several organizations geared towards recovery and quality of life. Public speaking comes naturally to me, and I find that I can reach people through my life experiences, and the lessons I've learned as a result.
Additional Booking Notes
I require very little for my speaking engagements. If a power point is available, that is great, but if it's just little old me in front of a few dozen people, that is just as well! A microphone may be needed for larger groups.
When I sing at any given event, music may be needed. Either a back track on a sound system, or instrumental accomplice will suffice. If in desperate need of accompaniment, I can surely assist with the search! A capella is also something I am comfortable with- as I have has plenty of practice in the shower!
Influences & Inspiration
Ellen Degeneres, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dave Barry, Eleanor Roosevelt, Natalie Portman, my mother who is also a public speaker and writer, The Pope, George Carlin, Jane Elliot (especially...) and many more!
Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Adele, Mariah Carey, Prince, Janice Joplin, Led Zepplin, Lady Gaga, Journey (they are one of my absolute favorites...), Beyonce
I LOVE musicals! Chicago, Sweeny Todd, and Book of Mormon are among my favorites.
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